Christmas sightseeing in Google Earth

In past years we have looked at Giant Santa’s and Christmas Trees in Google Street View (via Google Sightseeing).

This year we look at a reindeer near Ersfjordbotn, Norway that the Street View car followed down a road.

Reindeer in Norway
A reindeer in Norway. Found via Virtual Globe Trotting. See it in Street View.

A search for the world’s largest Santa Claus finds this article, claiming the statue in North Pole, Alaska is the largest, at 42 feet (12.8m) high.

Santa Claus statue North Pole, Alaska
Santa Claus statue, St Nicholas Drive, North Pole, Alaska. See it in Street View.

However, there has in past years been a statue in Auckland, New Zealand that at 18m (59 feet) was larger than the Alaskan one. But it seems that it was too expensive to maintain and has been mothballed for now. So to see it, you must look at historical Street View from November 2009.

Santa Claus, Auckland
Santa Claus statue, Auckland New Zealand. See it in Street View.

It is interesting to note that the little yellow Street View man is all dressed up for winter even though it is mid-summer here in the Southern Hemisphere.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Christmas, Michigan has a pretty big, albeit two-dimensional Santa. It’s a tiny town along Lake Superior just west of Munising. He’s not hard to find in Street View, but one of the best vantages is spoiled by Google’s fuzzing algorithm apparently confusing his belly with a face.



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